Claire Dunne

Kingston upon Thames

43Good deeds

43runs

254cheers

Claire Dunne signed up to a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

A fresh lick of paint for Refugee Action Kingston

Tue 7 Jun 18:45 pm
Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2PT
We'd like to offer a really professional looking place where clients can feel comfortable and safe.

Refugee Action Kingston have recently finished a huge clear out and tidy up of their office. They have acquired new furniture and the office has more space and less clutter. However, it has left the walls looking shabby - there are holes where shelves used to be and there's general wear and tear over the years. They would love to have a facelift to match their new logo and re-brand.

When the environment looks fresh and clean it sets the tone for a welcoming place. Refugee Action Kingston would like to offer a really professional looking place where clients can feel comfortable and safe. A fresh lick of paint will do the trick!

Risks
Dust, paint fumes, using tools etc. This is a painting task so please wear old clothes that you don't mind getting paint on - or bring a change of clothes!

The task owner is Amy Lenderyou and her number is 07779992424.

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Claire Dunne signed up to a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Project Fence Paint for WelCare

Tue 24 May 18:45 pm
Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2PT
Improve the garden area for our families

Paint brushes at the ready! WelCare is thinking of having an open garden for the Jubilee in early June. To get the garden fit for royalty the side fence could do with a paint to smarten it up. Could you help transform a tired looking fence into something that could impress the Queen?

UPDATE
Hang on to your brushes - WelCare have asked us to paint the outbuilding instead of the fence. No problem, WelCare! We'll see you there.

If we have enough volunteers then we can also help tidy up the paths and get rid of any weeds.

Task owner Aruna will meet you there with the tools needed for the job and her number is 07986 286903. Don't forget your gardening gloves - and wear old clothes that you don't mind getting paint on!

Meet at the Quaker Centre and for a 3km run to get to the task and a 2km run back.

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Claire Dunne signed up to a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Help Growbaby manage their donations

Tue 31 May 18:45 pm
The Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2PT
Helping families in need

Growbaby needs us to help sort out their donations. It's tricky for their daytime volunteers as they are busy attending to the families in need so things can get piled up. Many hands make light work in helping to organise areas so that equipment can be found easily and passed to people in need. If you want to get stuck to a task then this is a good one as there's always lots to do.

Growbaby is an amazing hub that supports families that are in need of baby equipment and clothes age 0-5.

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Claire Dunne went on a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Off to a rocky start at 1st Kingston Hill Scout hut...

Tue 10 May
Report written by Rachel White

but that was the reason they wanted us to help. The front flower bed was full of builder's rubble and litter and it looked unappealing. Previous efforts to plant there were thwarted due to the stones and lack of good soil. We split into two teams and the first group got stuck in to break up the ground and remove unwanted items. Rob tackled the larger area breaking up the soil with a pick axe and large fork. Claire racked through a bed pulling out stones and random bits of litter. Rachel got stuck in and crawled through the foliage to sort out the boundary line along the fence.

Meanwhile, the second group set to work at the back of the scout hut to clear an area of land. The scouts and cubs had made a good effort removing the brambles and Tom, Dave and Fionn were set with the task of breaking up the ground and removing the remaining grass and bramble roots. A mighty root was found and it took three of them to pull it out! They also found a frog which shows how much of a wildlife haven this patch of land is.

Hard, tiring work but so much progress was made. Jo and Woody from 1st Kingston Hill were impressed as they have plans to add compost and plants donated from the local horticultural group and it means they can start right away. The cubs and scouts can all earn their gardening badges too which is an extra bonus. Well done GoodGym Kingston!

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Claire Dunne went on a community mission
Community mission
Kingston upon Thames

Just a bog standard morning for GoodGym

Sun 24 Apr
Report written by Petra Stockelmayerova

Four of us gathered to meet Julie at sunbathed Hogsmill Garden on Sunday morning, GoodGym regular haunt now and one of my personal favourites. It has changed to much especially in the last few weeks where the University students have installed some raised beds and a planting area with a roof. We had couple tasks to get on with; staring with clearing space along the metal fence so then we can plant some more small bushes that will eventually create lovely green "fence". Once all was planted, Melissa watered them and the we got on with transferring soil from a large pile into a large bag which will be used later. Turned out that we started at the wrong end of the pile, only for Julie to inform us that actually we need to move the soil away from the outside wooden loo to avoid further damage. We are not to be defeated - bog saved, soil in the bag after a good workout, we said goodbye until next week. PS: Thanks Claire for this report's pun :)

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Claire Dunne signed up to a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Bringing back nature to 1st Kingston Hill Scout Hut

Tue 10 May 18:45 pm
Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2PT
Improving the front flowerbed will create an attractive focal point for the community

The front flowerbed at 1st Kingston Hill Scout Hut is noticed by their surrounding community because it is untidy - it does, however, have great potential. The Scout leaders are hoping to prepare a flowerbed in front of their hut so that it can be planted with shrubs, bedding plants and bulbs by the young people. Currently the area is overgrown with weeds and has large stones in it which make it difficult for the young people to be able to dig a hole to plant anything.

Additionally, there is a concrete hardstanding area behind the building, which the Scouts used to have campfires on, but they want to transform it into a garden space so it's pleasant to sit in and enjoy the nature. Ideally the young people would plant shrubs, bedding plants and bulbs in this area as well. At present this area is badly overgrown with brambles and nettles.

Gardening gloves will need to be worn and consider covering legs and arms to protect against brambles and nettles.

Jo is the task owner and her number is 07709 597203. The task is at 1st Kingston Hill Scout Hut, 293 Park Road, KT2 5LY, We will be meeting at the Quaker Centre and running 3km there and back.

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Claire Dunne went on a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

Martel finally turns 100!

Tue 19 Apr
Report written by Rachel White

A special GoodGym night it was as our very own Martel finally logged 100 good deeds. Although we all know that she has done way more behind the scenes and she should have reached this goal a long time ago - she has officially reached 100! Congratulations on your achievement - can't wait to see your red t-shirt with wings soon.

To celebrate we did our group run to Welcare - a charity devoted to working with families with young children - and we saw the garden in full bloom. Beautiful tulips and daffodils provided an splash of colour and we worked hard to weed between the bulbs without damaging them. Lots of sycamore saplings needed to be removed and a carpet of borage - too much self-seeding would have them take over this pretty garden and destroy our previous hard work planting. A little robin even came to inspect our work as we toiled in the soil.

The time went very quickly as we chatted with Aruna and soon it was time to collect our things and head off. Can't wait to see the progress on our next visit.

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Claire Dunne went on a party
Party
Kingston upon Thames

GoodGym Kingston after Group Run social

Tue 5 Apr

Let's have a social - time to unwind with food and beverage options at The Albion.

Following our Group run, we'll have post-run meet-up - it's a great opportunity to have a good chat with your fellow GoodGymers!

There's a table reserved at The Albion from 8:30pm onwards. If you're not able to join the run and task, hopefully you can make it there for the drinks after.

https://www.thealbionkingston.com/

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Claire Dunne went on a group run
Group run
Kingston upon Thames

We promised to do our best at the Scout Hut. Dib dib dib

Tue 5 Apr
Report written by Rachel White

Our Tuesday group run took us to 3rd Kingston Scout Group to help tidy up the outside of their hut. They have two car parks that had started to get overgrown with weeds and the mild weather had caused these weeds to grow! GoodGym got prepared to do our duty.

We split into two groups: Claire, Craig and Fionn took the back car park to tackle the perimeter where the weeds were knee high and Tara, Martel, Dave and Tom climbed the grassy mound in the front car park to sort the weeds, nettles and litter. Interesting finds such as bottles of vodka, takeaway wrappers and lighters were found in the grass - not the sort of thing that scouts need for their badges. It was tough work but we cleared a good amount of weeds and rubbish and we promised to come back and help another time as we didn't quite finish clearing the nettles.

Did we earn a GoodGym badge for our sleeves? I think so... Dib dib dib.

We celebrated our our evening with a GoodGym social in the Albion for 2-4-1 burgers - yum, yum.

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Claire Dunne signed up to a race
Race
Kingston upon Thames

Official Hampton Court Palace 10k

Sun 22 May 09:00 am
Hampton Court Palace, Hampton, KT8 9AU
Have a right royal race in beautiful Hampton Court

This is the only 10k event to be held at this famous and historic royal home. Hampton Court Palace is one of only two surviving palaces that King Henry VIII owned. The race will start inside the gates of Hampton Court Palace and finish in its beautiful gardens. After you’ve finished your race you can visit the famous maze and the world’s largest grape vine.

https://www.palace10k.com
Discount code: GGKgroup
This will allow runners to make their individual booking at the group rate of £23.33 on the Palace10k.com. (Regular entry costs £34)

HAMPTON COURT PALACE 10K
9am Sunday 22nd May
Address: Hampton Court Palace, KT8 9AU
(If using the app What3Words, use the words ///email.pure.sheep for exact event village location)

GoodGym meeting point at 8.30am: What3Words ///boots.client.pens
Join the WhatsApp group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/K23gqzopxotBkZaf04LAsI

You will need to sign up via the link and use the discount code to get money off. Don't forget to let us know you're coming by signing up here too so we can support each other on the day.

We will arrange a meeting point nearer the date.

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